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    Quote Originally Posted by THEMike View Post
    Ditto! It's really looking epic! Though, that window in the sky is distracting me from the mountain quite a bit. I don't know if with the sun still setting, that the sky behind the clouds would be so dark... keep at it man, I'm loving this thread.
    Unless...

    Could it be???

    Mordor!!!

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    Thank you everybody! I made a quick clean up pass over the image and call it finished for now!

    Thank you again for the never ending support, it really keeps me motivated!
    The next card will be Drowned Catacomb, unless you want to see something else from the list? Let me know!
    I also updated the first post, so we get a nice overview of all the cards.

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    That is one killer mountain.

    Nice one, dude.

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    Love it. What is drowned catacomb--I thought the game just included those basic lands like mountains and swamps?

    Oh I bet its one of those unique lands that is simply one of the basic lands but gets a special name

    Good idea!

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    Lands in MTG produce mana (that you spend for spells and abilities) of a specific color, depending on the type. The basic lands are forest, mountain, swamp, plains and island (whch produce green, red, black, white and blue mana accordingly) and then there are lots of other nonbasic lands that have additional abilities. Drowned catacomb has the ability to produce either black or blue mana, every time it is used.

    Can't wait to see it!

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    Awesome mountain damn. I can't think of a crit.

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    Jawdropping mountain. Colours are just ... off the scale. Well done.

    Bravo. *applauds*

    Just "Dirk" will do!
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    Hey everyone, sorry it took so long but I'm back with an update! I'm not sure what to make of these but I thought I should share it would you. I also made some small articles about the Swamp and Mountain, you can read about on my blog, http://linodrieghe.blogspot.com/ .

    Here are some quick color sketches of the card image Drowned Catacomb. I'll keep you updated with the progress. I'm thinking of defining these three sketches more, untill one seems fitting enough for the card.
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    The mountain is great man I like that a lot well done!

    as for the drowned catacoomb I would use the same water style as the swamp for the drowned bit as the three above dont really sell the water bit, and use the one on the far right but with skulls set in the wall for decoration in as loose a style as you can get away with. Also stay with the ghostly green soft light it works really well.

    all the best matey, keep at it, I like the results you are getting its good mate

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    I'm still working on this one! Thank you for your comment, really appreciate it. I was also thinking of having some skulls in the water and broken tiles to enforce the feeling there was some kind of pathway in the past. But that are things for later.

    I must make sure I get the right mood by adjusting the values more. Next thing to do is making the details in the light really pop versus deep darker shadows. I'm trying to keep the green ghostly feeling.

    Curious to here everyone's thoughts about this!

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    Hey Lino! Great D.Catacomb! My only sadness is that in your original sketch the foreground was separated from the focus of the background. You used darks to do it, but now you've highlighed the foreground a lot. I know you'll consider this, or reverse the focus to bring more attention to various areas I guess. Keep it up!

    Another note is that the cross you put in is really awesome but lost in the shrink, maybe make it bigger somewhere else?

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    Hey Gabriele! Thank you for the support! I'm working on getting the mood right.

    Sad to see some cool colors and details are lost, but I was able to set a darker mood to the image. I'm not sure about the cross yet, I still have to look at my main focus point and need to find a way to circulate the red/yellow hues from the foreground.

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    I added a waterfall and pushed the values more. I need some focal point in the left to pull the eye back into the piece. It's very weighted to the right now. Let me know what you think!

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    Good work, dunno if anyone has said but a lot of Land Cards are actually one image cut in 2-3 pieces. Maybe something to try out?

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    Nice work on yet another one card, Lyno!
    I like where this is going so far, but I think you could push the separation between the foreground and background a little more. In the second-to-last update you posted, the bottom of the archway leading to the right has almost the same value as the foreground column-like structures have, thus flattening the image.
    Good luck!

    EDIT: I somehow missed your last update. I see you changed the values some, but I still think it comes off a little flatter than it could.

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    Hey thank you both for your thoughts!

    I'm not sure what you mean with "cut in 2-3 pieces" Reedux, can you explain it to me? I tried to look for an answer and found this link. It contains the same information THEMike posted here earlier but with some visuals too. You can find it here: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/new...gic/gamebasics

    So keeping in mind that a Drowned Catacomb card produces either black or blue mana, I thought it would be better to change the piece to a more blue hue.
    In the meanwhile I also changed the values more so the piece doesn't look too flat and added another point of interest in the left to pull the eye.

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    What I mean is, the actual illustration is painted as if it was 3cards wide. Then divided into three cards. I've got several in my deck that when put next to each other are obviously the same illustration, just cut up into parts

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    Hey Reedux, that sounds cool, I should definitively try that for my next card!
    This is how far I got with the drowned catacomb card. I'm not sure if the lighting in image B is working. It seems it's doing the image more harm then helping. I get the feeling it only flattens the image more. Dark on light values works the best here like in image A. The color scheme is also slightly greener in A but I think the blue water in image B works the best. It gives a better contrast.

    I'm curious about everyone's thoughts. Suggestion for the next card are always welcome. You can see the list of cards in my first post.

    Thank you!

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    Hey Lyno! Looking awesome as usual.

    My two cents: The most recent images are TOO contrasty IMO. I like posts #72 and #73 the most. I especially like the warm colors in the water in the foreground.

    The ropes up top look a lot like ropes and not vines. Idk which you were going for. They look a little contrived to me right now being right there in the light and nowehere else hehe. I'd like to see them look more natural.

    You've removed the cross anyway and it was tiny to begin with but I'll say anyway; I'm pretty sure I read in the card how-to's that any symbols should be avoided. Crosses, ankhs, etc.

    Terrific work.

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    I agree with Artfix about the new ones being too contrasty.
    I feel you haven't really addressed the value issues I mentioned in my previous post, so I went ahead and did a little paintover to clarify what I meant. I hope you don't mind.

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    I felt that the archway's darkest, lower part was too dark and as dark as the foreground structures, so I added a slight wash of some lighter value (color picked from the top of the image where more light is) over the entire middle part of the image to push it back. There is light coming from the top between us and the background, so some of it will get scattered in the air (dust and so on) into our eyes.

    Hope it helps. Feel free to ignore it if you dont' agree.
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    I like how this is coming on and agree with the guys, Personally I would go with Gildoreks suggestion or something along those lines but you know whats best for your project mate and its come on in leaps and bounds through your hard work.

    good one, all the best with this

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    Amazing works, I should start some kind of serious too for my portfolio. ^^ This stuff always works better than some random pieces. Very inspiring.

    I love that mountain picture. How big do you work? 2000 wide/150 dpi or bigger/smaller ?

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    Hey guys, thanks!
    And thank you Gildorek for the overpaint, no problem at all! I thought you meant that the areas next to the big dark columns were too alike, but I get what you mean now, much better!
    Vaejoun, I'm working at 300dpi and always try to work twice (or even more) as big. Right now it's 4000pixels on 3000pixels. Mostly I'm very loose in this. I start working small and res up once I start detailing.

    I also changed the foreground, but I'm not sure about the two lighter values on the front columns. I'm going to create a version without them and one with more highlights on the front rocks. I think the highlights are feeling weird because there are no highlights on the adjacent rocks.

    Thank you for still sticking with me !

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    This swamp is def better than the actual swamp card hahaha

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    The swamp and mountain look good. I commend you on your dedication, I'm sure it will pay off at some point.

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    Thank you!
    Here is more! I think I can call this one finished for now. Next card will be a Plains card!

    Let me know if you want to see another card from the list first!
    Comments for this card and previous ones are still always welcome !

    I added small details like skulls and bones to this version and removed the weird yellow green from the columns.

    Thanks!

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    Amazing stuff! I'm really looking forward to the plains card

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    really nice you can see you're improving!

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    The drowned Catacomb is majorly awesome and the advise you've received here has made it pop like crazy. Keep it up as I know you will!

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    This stuff looks really great, beautiful atmosphere and great technique...looking at it really makes me want to learn to paint landscapes.

    That said, all the pieces you've posted are very dark...if you actually tried to print any of these on a printing press, you'd get a big sludgy black rectangle with a few bright spots. You might want to consider separating the foreground and background a bit more aggressively, adding some edge lights to move the eye around, and in general working in a higher key. JPEG attached.

    As always, just my two cents.



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